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Tim Sherwood talks his way into the top job at Spurs

Tottenham old boy given an 18-month deal

Tottenham Hotspur last night appointed Tim Sherwood as their new manager with a contract until the end of next season, a strong show of faith in the coach who has overseen their last two games since the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.

Sherwood, 44, had previously made it clear to chairman Daniel Levy that he had no interest in taking the job on an interim basis and, if that was the only position on offer, would rather return to his role as technical co-ordinator and coach of the club's under-21 side.

Levy (pictured) had spoken on Sunday with the Netherlands national team coach, Louis van Gaal, about taking over at the end of the season.

Levy and Sherwood met yesterday morning and came to an agreement by the early evening.

Sherwood, who has the official title of head coach, has stipulated that he wants a full say in the signing of players, a job which was overseen by technical director Franco Baldini during the summer. There is still some work to be done in developing the relationship between those two figures at the club

In a statement last night, Levy said: "We were extremely reluctant to make a change mid-season, but felt we had to do so in the club's best interests. We have a great squad and we owe them a head coach who will bring out the best in them and allow them to flourish and enjoy a strong, exciting finish to the season.

"We are in the fortunate position of having within our club a talented coach in Tim Sherwood. We believe Tim has both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward."

Initially, Sherwood had made it clear that he could walk away and was not reliant upon his salary as technical director.

So too Les Ferdinand, who now follows him from the development side to be his assistant in the first-team coaching set-up, along with Chris Ramsey. Steffen Freund, who also worked under Villas-Boas, stays on.

The Spurs left-back Danny Rose has been in both sides selected by Sherwood so far, including Sunday's 3-2 win away at Southampton, and was one of those developed by the new head coach through series of four loans at Watford, Peterborough, Bristol City and Sunderland.

Rose said: "People may think that Tim is not a big name or doesn't have a big CV, but you know he will take no nonsense from anybody. His first training session, a couple of lads rolled out on to the training pitch late and he got us in a circle and said it was unacceptable.

"Fortunately, it wasn't me who was late. Tim set out some new rules and you know not to mess with him, and that's good.

"Punctuality, when we go down to eat, team meetings," Rose added. "Stuff on the training pitch as well. When he speaks, you've got to listen. It's great.

"Tim came to the club and probably about four years ago I sat down with him and Harry Redknapp, and they told me I needed to train a lot harder to have a chance in the team."

Sherwood, who made nearly 100 appearances for Tottenham as a midfielder from 1999 until 2003, has been given the job ahead of some of big names.

However, in truth, Sherwood was among the favourites to take charge as he had the benefit of knowing the players, despite his novice status as manager.

Ajax boss Frank de Boer and former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink were also linked with the post, but the Spurs board opted to give their backing to Sherwood, who will be expected to lead the charge for a top-four finish.

Former player and manager Glenn Hoddle had expressed his interest and he will be disappointed not to get a second chance at the Lane.

Earlier Hoddle had said: "Do I want the job? Well, I've had the job there once.

"Tottenham Hotspur, you know, I supported them when I was eight years of age. I went there at 12, left there at 28. Went back and managed. It's in my blood. It's in my bones.

"If I was offered the job, yes I would want to go back, even if it was for the sake of the club. Tim (Sherwood) is in pole position here."

Hoddle insisted he was never contacted by chairman Levy but would have been willing to work for the man who sacked him a decade ago.

"They've not offered me the job, so it's all speculation, it's all a bit of media hype," Hoddle said.

"It's a different club completely this time. I think I had a squad that was ageing at the time, we were bringing free transfers in, we brought Teddy Sheringham and Gus Poyet in on free transfers.

"This isn't the same scenario at this club at the moment. It's a completely different scenario to that. I think there's a way forward."

It's been a dramatic December for Tottenham.

Villas-Boas was dismissed a day after Tottenham's 5-0 home defeat against Liverpool.

Despite an earlier heavy defeat at Manchester City last month, the Portuguese had a good record overall as Tottenham manager, averaging 1.83 points per league match, the highest of all Spurs bosses in the Premier League era, while he had a 100 per cent record in the Europa League.

Yet he oversaw a heavy outlay over the summer, in which the club spent over £100million with seven new players arriving at White Hart Lane as Tottenham re-invested the huge transfer fee they received from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale.

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